ERIC Number: ED027489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
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Relationships Between Conforming Judgment and Employee Rank and Between Conforming Judgment and Dogmatism in an Employment Group.
Long, Huey Billy
This study assessed relationships between conforming judgment and employee rank and between conforming judgment and dogmatism among Florida Forest Service employees. Fifty-nine employees were tested for conforming behavior under varying conditions of dogmatism, institutional rank, and relative rank pressure. Rokeach's Dogmatism Scale was used, as well as a version of Asch's vertical line test for measuring conformity. Persons above, below, and equal to the subjects purposely made incorrect judgment decisions in the subjects' presence. Findings included the following: (1) when dogmatism scores were similar, conformity differed significantly with superiors, subordinates, and peers, and according to a subject's own rank; (2) dogmatism was not significantly related to age or frequency of conformity; (3) conformity was not significantly related to years of service; (4) dogmatism was negatively related to years of service. It seems that employees tend to conform to superiors' opinions and to show greater independence in the presence of subordinates. The negative relationship between dogmatism and tenure may suggest that highly dogmatic people are not employed by the agency or that they soon leave. (author/ly)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Analysis of Variance, Conformity, Doctoral Dissertations, Dogmatism, Employment Level, Forestry Aides, Government Employees, Measurement Instruments, Power Structure, State Agencies, Tenure
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Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee.
Note: Ph. D. Thesis.